A Buddhist monk's pithy guide to the Buddha's instructions for greatness, The Eight Realizations of Great Beings assures us that anyone, anywhere can walk the path of mindfulness, and embody the powerful insights that make us "great."
The Buddha essentially says, "If you would like to be enlightened, take on these eight subjects for meditation and apply their corresponding insights to your daily life. Then you will realize the path for yourself." Brother Phap Hai's lively, down-to-earth explanation of spirituality's original self-help manual makes this an essential read for all seeking to unlock the important things in life.
A monk since 1997, Brother Phap Hai has been practicing mindfulness on a daily basis for nearly twenty-five years. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh authorized him to teach in 2003, and since then, he has guided and mentored thousands of students in meditation. Brother Phap Hai calls this book his "Desert Island Sutra" because it distills the essence of the Buddhist path. In his words, it is everything you need in a practical meditation manual, "a very structured exposition of realizing the entirety of the Buddhist path for yourself."
Eight Realizations of Great Beings: Essential Buddhist Wisdom for Realizing Your Full Potential, Brother Phap Hai, Parallax Press, Paperback, 2021, 208 Pages, $18.95
Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English, including Being Peace, The Energy of Prayer, and Present Moment Wonderful Moment. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on the art of meditation.